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Cherry Ventures

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Carlo Schmid


Carlo joined Cherry as Associate. Prior to Cherry, Carlo gained first-hand experience as an entrepreneur in building a marketplace for outdoor enthusiasts in Sweden as well as in transforming his healthcare family business to match the technologically needs of the 21st century. Previously, he also worked for the M&A division at BofA Merrill Lynch and he holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim. Little surprising, Carlo is particularly interested in Fintech and Healthtech and always on the look-out for new business models to disrupt these industries.

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Daniel P. Glasner

Founding Partner

After several years with McKinsey Daniel co-founded CityDeal and led the company as CEO until the acquisition of Groupon in 2010. He then became Managing Director of Groupon International until six months after the IPO. After Groupon, Daniel started several companies, particularly in the local commerce and SaaS space. Most notably Daniel is founder of Quandoo, a SaaS company for restaurants that was sold to Recruit Holdings in March 2015. Daniel holds a PhD in law from Vienna School of Law and an MBA from INSEAD. He lived and worked in Vienna, São Paulo, London and Singapore. Daniel is passionate about “online-to-offline” businesses and sales-driven marketplaces.

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Filip Dames

Founding Partner

Filip founded his first company in 2008, an online auction house for antiques and collectibles. He then joined the founding team of Zalando (FSE:ZAL) as CEO of the group’s shopping-club. Up until 2014, he has held several executive positions leading the company’s international expansion to 15 European markets as well as the overall product/mobile strategy for all online shops until the IPO. Filip is also an active supporter of the “Ashoka” network, helping founders to start social businesses around the world. He holds a Diploma (MSc.) from WHU-Beisheim School of Management. He lived and worked in New York, Buenos Aires, Finland and Malaysia. He loves product-centric companies that disrupt the way consumers behave today.

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Thomas Lueke


Thomas joined Cherry as Principal and is particularly excited about product-centric companies and marketplaces. Prior to Cherry, Thomas gained experience as an entrepreneur building Bonusbox, an e-commerce data and loyalty network. Previously, he worked as Assistant to the CEO and in Corporate Development at Penguin Random House in New York and in the e-commerce division of Bertelsmann/Arvato. He gained additional experience at McKinsey and in several startups. Thomas studied Economics in Essen, London and Berkeley and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Cherry Ventures is seed and early stage fund, founded by a team of entrepreneurs with substantial experience in building fast-scaling technology companies.

They are based in Berlin but invest across Europe at the seed stage. Their goal is to add value by supporting our venture teams in building successful and sustainable businesses.

Their mission is to add strategic value – not just capital.

Consumer internet, Mobile, Sales-driven marketplace models, SaaS models, Retail and brand building models
€500k - €10M
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